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Club Chaos Eye Candy: Welcome To a Forest Hills Tour of Homes (Vol 2)

This series of residential tours is inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub (of Sacramento) and Poppy Dinsey (of London, UK). The Weintraub Gallery features her favorite Land Park Homes in Sacramento (About.com), while Poppy D (Zoomf) takes us on an eclectic tour of her neck of the woods in "A Walk Around London England." If you are into eye candy like me, then I encourage you to bookmark both of their blogs. I promise you, you will not be disappointed... 

Who knew turtle runs could become such international fun? May all the readers enjoy my second selection of favorite homes in the neighborhood.

Queens County is a great place to live! I love New York City.


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Comment balloon 28 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 14 2008 08:59PM


Carolyn ~ I love them; they all look beautiful.  They look pretty big too.  I'm so used to seeing smaller houses/lots in the "city" (or at least Brooklyn where I was a kid). 

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 12 years ago

Kathy, we have every size imaginable in Queens. There was one really gorgeous home I couldn't fit into the view finder to save my life. I don't know how they live in it. I would have to drive from one end to get to the other! My kids would get "lost" in there... literally.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn~  Those are some beautiful homes!  I love the tall mature trees too.  I agree with Kathy....this is not the typical view we see of NYC! 

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Pam, if you guys only knew the New York City that I know... There are so many beautiful places to see and interesting things to do here. Every borough has something unique to offer. I think I know so many wonderful spots because I am an artist and as a kid I painted a lot of city-scapes. Each time I visited a friend, I made it my business to learn the hot and cold spots of the hood. I always wanted to know what people where doing and where they were going and why they were going there. My Illustration teacher, Murray Sherman, gave us an assignment that has never left me. He instructed us to follow the tourists and stick with them no matter what or where it took us. Let me tell you there were days after school when I actually hit all five boroughs just trying to keep up with the "camera visitors." My teacher wanted us to understand why people travel to NYC to vacation and insisted we learn to appreciate what we had in our own back yards. How could we, as natives, not know what they did about our own country and neighborhoods? They travel the globe to stand where we stand and eat where we eat. He sent us forth as kids to learn through their eyes and it was our main assignment, regardless of what the curriculum required. My life, because of this man, has never been the same again. It's reflected in my artwork. Mr. Sherman taught me to learn how to see...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, These pictures are wonderful.  Add photographer to your list of accomplishments!!  Lovely!  How far are you from West Chester PA??  I'd love to take a ride up in the fall and have lunch or something.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 12 years ago

Susan, thank you for your kind words and I accept the invitation. How far are you from Erie and Philly? I have pit stops I need to make there in August when we start vacation. I would love to add you to the list of visits. What about Lancaster? I have an open ended date with Barbara to bring the minions for a weekend visit to play and check out the horses.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

C.  I really love the home that looks like a castle. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) over 12 years ago

C.  How big are the lots?  I'm nearby in Westchester and we have some areas where homes like this are very closely spaced while others are on rambling lots.  GREAT PICS - I LOVE Tudors!

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 12 years ago

What a charming neighborhood.  I love how you write with so much energy and enthusiasm.  Looking forward to reading more. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 12 years ago

Carolyn, I like this area for the mature trees. My grandmother and my father's family grew up around Queens and Jamaica. I may have been in Texas forever but I am a native New Yorker. That's probably why I never shut up! : )

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago

These are really beautiful homes. New York has been on my list of places to visit, and now after seeing these I am more excited than ever. Thanks!

Posted by Patty Carroll over 12 years ago

Laura, you are very welcome.

Ruthmarie, they vary in size. I've seen lots between 20X100 to 125x200 plus.

Sondra, thank you.

Gary, no matter where native New Yorkers migrate to, they tend to "still stay native" in their hearts.

Patty and Scott, you must email me when you do come. I'll have lots of tips for your vacation..." 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago


Are you sure that these are not your private homes????  :-)))

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 12 years ago

Don, what a sweet thought. If they ever were, I would show off the interiors as well. 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

C - These homes are just lovely!  What beautiful mature areas!  I haven't checked out Poppy's blog yet - off to do that!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 12 years ago

Oooooh I love yet again! These houses are so beautiful (not to mention the fact they look HUGE). So green as well, gorgeous pics :-D

Posted by Poppy Dinsey, London, UK (Globrix) over 12 years ago

Leesa, the pictures are amazing! The commentary is a treat as well. Poppy has inspired me to do a series of several paintings. I've already picked up my canvas and plan to do a slow run across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday. I shall aim my Nikon in every direction from beginning, middle and end. This should be very interesting... Maybe I'll photograph City Hall as well. It's literally on the other end of the Brooklyn Bridge. Lovely!   

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hello Poppy, I am very pleased you stopped by. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures from my turtle run. I have a lot more for you and am always looking forward to your next blog installment. You must let me know when you are coming to New York so I can introduce you to some very interesting people and neighborhoods with tasty food, excellent shopping, and lots of eye candy. No visit could ever be complete without spending a day to play upstate in the neighboring counties (after a comfortable tour of all five boroughs, of course).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn - From Hansel and Gretel to Leave it to Beaver, this home tour has something for everyone.  I really enjoy seeing pictures from other areas, real estate or not.  Poppy's London post was fun, too.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 12 years ago

Thank you, Virginia. I agree, the London post was fun! Her next post will be from Liverpool!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

C - great shots, I enjoy some of the older neighborhoods with all the mature vegetation and well kept lawns and houses.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 12 years ago

Mike, I love the older neighborhoods and spend a lot of my exercise time wandering through them while enjoying a slow jog about.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago


These are amazing homes!! It's true that those of us who have never been to NY, only think about the city. I have heard that NY state is very beautiful, but I've never seen pictures. Thanks for sharing these! Everything looks so green. The trees are absolutley gorgeous. In the last three photos--there are some very large trees featured--what type of trees are they? In the San Diego area, in many yards, we have really beautiful sycamores. And in the wild we have majestic oaks and willows. 

I look forward to seeing more photos of NY! 

Posted by Deborah Burroughs over 12 years ago

Deb, I look forward to taking lots of photographs to share. I'm really glad you enjoyed them!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

The 1st house looks like the fairytale Gingerbread house from the brothers Grimm. I was expecting Hansel and Gretel =)

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 12 years ago

Lisa, it does, doesn't it! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Carolyn. The architecture is amazing in this homes.  They all look wonderful, and one-of-a-kind.  Keep them coming.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Valerie, I aim to please...  Wait until you guys see where I've been running today.  Not only did I complete a second run across the Brooklyn Bridge to jog City Hall Park, I also ran under the Bridge on the return to showcase the Brooklyn Brownstones at Columbia Heights off Pineapple Walk (which boasts spectacular water front views of the Manhattan skyline). I can not pronounce the names of the muscles that now ache, but the eye candy was worth every step for today was a three turtle run day

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 12 years ago

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